By abandoning the more powerful M2 Extreme SoC in favor of the M2 Ultra, Apple allegedly took a step back with the Mac Pro. However, the future workstation’s design may not alter from the existing model, which uses Intel’s Xeon CPU series, and this is likely to disappoint prospective consumers.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman updated his earlier assertion that the Apple Silicon Mac Pro would have a chassis that is half as large as the present model via his Power On newsletter, and it is certain to enrage several buyers. It seems that, unlike the present model, the new one won’t have its chassis redesigned, and customers won’t be able to change its RAM modules either.
In another disappointment, the new Mac Pro will look identical to the 2019 model. It will also lack one key feature from the Intel version: user-upgradeable RAM. That’s because the memory is tied directly to the M2 Ultra’s motherboard. Still, there are two SSD storage slots and for graphics, media, and networking cards.”
The M2 Ultra has unified RAM, which makes upgrading it difficult since the memory is a component of the chipset. Thankfully, Apple is said to have two SSD storage slots, although it is unclear if the business will use the standard size or whether it will be a unique solution, with only Apple-branded items being compatible. Apple is believed to have had development issues with the Mac Pro in the past, but we were unsure whether they were as serious.
Repurposing the Mac Studio chassis and calling it the Mac Pro would make sense, but the next workstation’s performance will probably be constrained by the small footprint. The forthcoming Mac Pro would have had the extra advantage of having a lighter design due to the Intel-powered model’s massive and hefty metallic case. This would have made positioning the device much easier. Unfortunately, it seems that is no longer the case.